Sunday, 14 May 2017

Grunge Birthday Card

I am forever being asked for ideas for men's cards, so here's one that I did following my art journal page using Sheena Douglass' pipes!
I made a base card from a piece of A4 cream card (scored and folded in half.  I then cut a piece of brown card 20.5cm x 14.3cm for a mat and a piece of kraft card 13.8cm x 20cm for the background.  This was stamped using Potting Soil and Coffee Archival ink pads, using a range of stamps designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous (Documented, Ledger Script, Slight Alterations, Classics #6, School Desk) as well as the Art of Brett Weldele Drips and Dirt set.

For the tag topper, I started with two #8 Manilla tags as I wasn't sure which embossing folder I wanted to use to add texture.  They were both covered with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides with a little Cracked Pistachio at the edges to create the effect of patina.  These were spritzed to encourage the oxidising effect and dried with a heat gun. 

I then ran one of the tags through the Spellbinders M-Bossibilites folder EL027 using the letter side and one through the Chain Link embossing folder by Couture Creations.  They were sanded back a little and then gone over in places in both Cast Bronze and then Patina Gilding Wax and the edges highlighted with Black Soot Archival ink.
In the end, I decided to work with the tag with the letters background.  It was matted first onto brown card, then onto cream, leaving a narrow border each time.  In the mean time, I die cut all the elements from the 'In the Pipeline' set from the Time Traveller Collection by Sheena Douglass along with an additional 3 lots of the long straight pipe.  These were all stamped using the matching stamp set in Potting Soil Archival ink, gone over in places in both Cast Bronze and then Patina Gilding Wax and the edges highlighted with Black Soot Archival ink. The valves were added using small copper coloured brads and then the pipes were built up using a mixture of foam pads and Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue.  Each pipe was curved slightly before being added to the tag.
The tag was then added to the card.  For the sentiment, I cut the Triple Happy Birthday die from Sue Wilson's Perspectives collection from both brown and cream card, cut the words separately from the strips and matted them up with the cream offset below the brown.  I am really happy with the finished card, messy, grungy and suitable for men! 

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